Context

The context is challenging but rich in opportunity.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa set a framework to cope with Africa’s challenges in education. Sub-Saharan governments typically invest 5% or more of GNP on education and this is boosted by others including development funds, corporates and NGOs. 

The research, data and impact evaluation, critical to making the right policy and choices for everyone investing in this space, is improving considerably. Yet it remains of variable quality, can be hard to access and is often incomplete

We believe there is an opportunity to increase the effectiveness of spending and to attract additional capital to this fundamentally important area. 

Moreover, as a demographic explosion gets underway many African nations already face multiple, complex and systemic challenges in delivering the education their societies need.

ESSA sees the Tertiary sector as including all post-secondary education, including both public and private universities, colleges, technical training institutes, and vocational schools. It is a gateway to training, development and a main driver of socio-economic growth through matching the workforce needs of employers and also enriches cultural and societal development. 

With this context we strongly believe that:

“Access to education at all levels and as importantly, its quality and its relevance will be pivotal in determining whether the population growth envisaged becomes an extra-ordinary opportunity or a major threat to Africa and the wider world.”

We want to do all we can with everyone we work with to help solve the paradox of high youth unemployment, even among graduates, while at the same time employers are facing striking skills shortages.